GSA Real Property Leasing Certification Program

Get Some Background

The GSA Leasing Certification Program for Real Property (LCP) is specially designed for GSA's Leasing Contracting Officers (LCOs) responsible for managing 10,000 leases across government.  GSA established this program not only to meet requirements established through the OFPP Memorandum, "Revisions to the Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C)," but to recognize the critical and valuable role that leasing officers play in the federal acquisition.  

The OFPP memo requires that all contracting officers, regardless of series, be FAC-C certified in accordance with agency policy. Since leasing is not regulated in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), the Senior Procurement Executive determined that a specific Leasing Certification Program would be cost effective and germane to the professional development of the Leasing Contracting Officers. OAP and the Office of Leasing prepared this alternative certification program, the LCP, for LCOs.

The SPE issued a memo, effective October 1, 2015, establishing GSA's LCO certification program.  If you're an LCO, download this memo here [PDF - 498.56 KB]. For additional implementation information, please download the ACM Guide to the Leasing Certification Program [PDF - 576.88 KB] that provides implementation information for LCOs, supervisors, and Bureau Certification Managers. 

Know how will this affect your warrant

Unless terminated, warrants issued as of September 30, 2015, remain valid.  To maintain the warrant, LCOs will be required to complete training in accordance with the schedule set forth below and consistent with COWP requirements at GSAM 501.603.  All LCOs, regardless of warrant threshold, must attain LCP Level I no later than June 30, 2016.  LCOs with higher warrant thresholds must attain the appropriate LCP level according to the implementation schedule below.

Warrant Thresholds Certification Requirements Implementation Due Date
Level I - Basic Warrant LCP Level I June 30, 2016
Level II - Simplified Warrant LCP Level I June 30, 2016
Level III - Intermediate Warrant LCP Level II December 31, 2016
Level IV - Senior Unlimited LCP Level III September 30, 2017

Understand the Experience, Education and Training Requirements

The LCP requires one year of experience for a Level I, two years for a Level II and four years for a Level III.  All certification levels require a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or 24 college semester hours of business credits. All LCOs with warrants, permanent or interim, issued prior to September 30, 2015, are grandfathered into the education portion of the certification requirements.

Certification Level Experience Requirements Education Requirements
LCP Level I One year of real property leasing experience commensurate with the GS-1170 qualifications standard Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or 24 semester hours of business credits
LCP Level II Two years of real property leasing experience commensurate with the GS-1170 qualifications standard Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or 24 semester hours of business credits
LCP Level III Four years of real property leasing experience commensurate with the GS-1170 qualifications standard Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or 24 semester hours of business credits

The LCP Curriculum is designed to leverage training that many LCOs have already taken. To help you navigate the new training requirements, make sure to download the LCP Training Planner [XLSX - 32.27 KB], an Excel spreadsheet allowing you to "check off" the courses you've already taken through required leasing training, attaining your FAC-COR or FAC-C or other opportunities. 

Click on your desired level to review the training requirements:

Find help if you need it.

Still have questions? Your FAITAS Bureau Certification Manager (BCM) is appointed by your Head of Contracting Activity. BCMs serve as local points of contact to answer your questions on maintaining Federal Acquisition Certifications. 

GSA Real Property Leasing Certification Program Training Requirements Level I

Type of Training Training Requirement Training Hours Online/ Classroom
Other Certifications FAC-COR Level I Certificationi 10  
Leasing Training FCN 406 Lease Acquisition Training (LAT)ii 40 Classroom
FCN 407 Real Estate Law or FCN 411 Federal Real Property Lease Lawii 40 Classroom
GSA ONLY - Leasing Pricing Trainingiv (Not applicable for delegated agencies 2.5 Online
Project Management Training Project Managementv 24 As Applicable
Acquisition Training CON 100 Shaping Smart Business Arrangements or FCN 101 Contracting Basics 20 Online
FAC 043 Ethics and Procurement Integrity for the Acquisition Workforce 1 Online
FAC 031 Small Business Programs 2.5 Online
HBS 428 Negotiating 2 Online
CLC 047 Contract Negotiation Techniques 2 Online
FAC 038 How to Integrate Green into Procurement 2 Online
CLC 004 Market Research 3 Online
CLC 065 Suspension and Debarment 1 Online
Professional Skills Training HBS 408 Customer Focus 2 Online

i - FAC-COR Certification (COR – Level I – minimum 8 hours)  (COR – Level II – minimum 40 training hours) as posted in the Options on the GSA Acquisition Portal.  The direct link is https://insite.gsa.gov/portal/content/650802.

ii - The FCN notation that accompanies the core leasing curricula is referencing the same COWP leasing courses previously required by GSA. FCN = Federal Contracting.   If you have completed the respective COWP courses, please use the FAITAS Equivalency Request to update your FAITAS training history with this class. Please refer to Attachment C for complete details.

iv - The GSA-Only training is available in the GSA Online University.  After completion the pdf of the certificate must be downloaded and uploaded into FAITAS with the LCP certification request.

v – For the Project Management requirement- Any of the FAC-P/PM curricula or other applicable program and/or project management training may be used to satisfy this requirement.  The attainment of FAC-P/PM certification is not required as part of this program. A list of options for consideration for this requirement is maintained collaboratively between the ACM and PBS Office of Leasing and is posted on the Acquisition Portal for BCMs to reference when processing requests for certification.

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GSA Real Property Leasing Certification Program Training Requirements Level II

Type of Training Training Requirement Training Hours Online/ Classroom
Prerequisite Requirements All Level I Certification Requirements
Other Certifications FAC-COR Level II Certificationi 40 As Applicable
Leasing Training FCN 408 Cost and Price Analysis of Lease Proposalsii 40 Classroom
FCN 409 Techniques of Negotiating Real Property Leasesii 40 Classroom
Construction Fundamentalsiii 16 As Applicable
GSA ONLY Introduction to Reimbursable Services Training iv (Not applicable for delegated agency personnel) .5 Online
Project Management Training Project Managementv 24 As Applicable
Acquisition Training FFM BP3 Federal Budgeting Fundamentalsiii 24 Classroom
CLM 016 Cost Estimating 8 Online
FAC 021 Price Analysis 8 Online
HBS 426 Marketing Essentials 2 Online
FAC 026 Cost Analysis 8 Online
CLC 056 Analyzing Costs 17 Online
Professional Skills Training Leadershipiii 16 As Applicable

i - FAC-COR Certification (COR – Level I – minimum 8 hours)  (COR – Level II – minimum 40 training hours) as posted in the Options on the GSA Acquisition Portal.

ii - The FCN notation that accompanies the core leasing curricula is referencing the same COWP leasing courses previously required by GSA. FCN = Federal Contracting.   If you have completed the respective COWP courses, please use the FAITAS Equivalency Request to update your FAITAS training history with this class. Please refer to Attachment C for complete details.

iii - A list of options for this requirement is maintained collaboratively between the ACM and PBS Office of Leasing and is posted on the Acquisition Portal for BCMs to reference when processing requests for certification.  For Construction Fundamentals, Federal Budgeting Fundamentals, Real Estate Finance and Marketing Fundamentals, and Leadership, there are several options available to satisfy these requirements. Please review the sample listing as posted on the LCP page of the GSA Acquisition Portal.

iv - The GSA-Only training is available in the GSA Online University.  After completion the pdf of the certificate must be downloaded and uploaded into FAITAS with the LCP certification request.

v – For the Project Management requirement- Any of the FAC-P/PM curricula or other applicable program and/or project management training may be used to satisfy this requirement.  The attainment of FAC-P/PM certification is not required as part of this program. A list of options for consideration for this requirement is maintained collaboratively between the ACM and PBS Office of Leasing and is posted on the Acquisition Portal for BCMs to reference when processing requests for certification.

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GSA Real Property Leasing Certification Program Training Requirements Level III

Type of Training Training Requirement Training Hours Online/ Classroom
Prerequisite Requirements All Level II Certification Requirements
Other Certifications N/A N/A  
Leasing Training FCN 410 Real Estate Appraisal Principlesii 32 Classroom
Construction Fundamentalsiii 8 As Applicable
Real Estate Finance and Marketing Fundamentalsiii 24 As Applicable
Project Management Training Project Managementv 32 As Applicable
Acquisition Training N/A N/A  
Professional Skills Training Leadershipiii 32 As Applicable
CLC 045 Partnering 2 Online
HBS 306 Leading Teams with Emotional Intelligence High Bandwidth 3 Online
CLC 044 Alternative Disputes Resolution 4 Online
HBS 440 Team Leadership 2 Online
HBS 407 Crisis Management 2 Online

ii - The FCN notation that accompanies the core leasing curricula is referencing the same COWP leasing courses previously required by GSA. FCN = Federal Contracting.   If you have completed the respective COWP courses, please use the FAITAS Equivalency Request to update your FAITAS training history with this class. Please refer to Attachment C for complete details.

iii - A list of options for this requirement is maintained collaboratively between the ACM and PBS Office of Leasing and is posted on the Acquisition Portal for BCMs to reference when processing requests for certification.  For Construction Fundamentals, Federal Budgeting Fundamentals, Real Estate Finance and Marketing Fundamentals, and Leadership, there are several options available to satisfy these requirements. Please review the sample listing as posted on the LCP page of the GSA Acquisition Portal.  

v – For the Project Management requirement- Any of the FAC-P/PM curricula or other applicable program and/or project management training may be used to satisfy this requirement.  The attainment of FAC-P/PM certification is not required as part of this program. A list of options for consideration for this requirement is maintained collaboratively between the ACM and PBS Office of Leasing and is posted on the Acquisition Portal for BCMs to reference when processing requests for certification.

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Last Reviewed 2016-05-25